Friday, September 13, 2013

Austria Part 2 – Innsbruck & Swarovski Crystal Worlds

If you missed part 1 of my Austria recap you can read about it HERE.

On our second day in Austria, we ventured over to Innsbruck to sightsee. However, in our hotel package, we received two free entries into the Swarovski Crystal Worlds exhibit located just outside of Innsbruck, so we decided to make a stop there on our way into the city.

It is difficult to see in some of the photos, but the lighting on the inside was perfect and made the crystals sparkle so much! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the exhibit:

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Gorgeous crystal chandelier DSC03221

300,000 carat crystal DSC03223 DSC03224

Entire wall filled with crystals DSC03225

Crystal Christmas tree DSC03228 DSC03229 DSC03230

Venus flytrap DSC03234

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Crystal bra… wonder if anybody has had the chance to wear it hahaDSC03241

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Overall, I enjoyed about half the exhibit. The first couple of rooms were beautiful and sparkly, which I love, as most girls probably would; however, much of the exhibit after that consisted of abstract art, of which I am not a fan. I just could not ‘appreciate’ some of it for what it was, so I am glad the admission was free, and it only took about an hour and a half out of our day (and a good 30 minutes of that was spent in the gift shop admiring all the jewelry and sculptures)!

After we finished up at the exhibit, we headed out to Innsbruck. While driving around the city, we passed the stadium and ski jump that held the winter Olympics in both 1964 and 1976. Definitely a highlight!

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We parked and explored the city by foot, and ate lunch at a charming cafe. It was delicious, but definitely a challenge trying to order off a menu that was entirely in German! Luckily, our waiter spoke some English and graciously helped us with our order!

On another note, one thing I LOVED about Austria is how dog friendly it is; wherever we went, dogs were allowed. We saw dogs in restaurants, malls, shops, etc. I wish there were more places here that were like that!

Here are a few photos from around the city; the architecture was stunning!

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After walking around for a few hours, we decided to head back to our hotel in Mayrhofen for dinner (every night we were served 4 delicious courses), a couple drinks, and another evening swim while admiring the mountains; it was a great ending to our second day!

QOTD: Do you wish you could bring your dog(s) to more places in the U.S.?

12 comments

  1. I have been waiting for more Austria recaps, thank you! The pictures are just gorgeous!

    Yes, I absolutely wish there were more place in our area that are dog friendly. Although I ended up taking my lab places that I probably shouldn't but o well!

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    1. So glad you are enjoying the recaps!

      Haha that is ok, I'm sure people don't mind; labs are so friendly and cute!!

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  2. I love that it was dog friendly! Yes, especially where I live (rural Missouri), dogs are not very welcome or taken care of for that matter. I think it's an old attitude of they are there to WORK for people. It makes me sad. Looks gorgeous and the crystal museum looked interesting!

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    1. Wow, that is not good at all :( Hopefully that mindset changes, dogs are too precious to not be treated well!

      Innsbruck was stunning, and the museum was definitely interesting!

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  3. Wow! That is a HUGE crystal! Austria looks so beautiful! I love the details from old architecture. :)

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    1. I know, right?! I couldn't believe my eyes lol!

      I love the details of the architecture too!

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  4. Beautiful pictures, Lauren. I was there a few years back but sadly didn't spend enough time in Austria. I LOVE the idea of a more dog friendly environment - we definitely need more of that here in the US!

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    1. Where all did you spend your time over there?

      I would love a more dog friendly environment too :)

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    2. My last trip across the pond was to Ireland last year with my husband and cousin and his gf. But the trip before that I took my sister to Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland (my favorite of that trip). We absolutely love to travel and only wish we could do more of it.

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    3. That sounds like an absolutely incredible trip!

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